dorothy terry | devil’s big take

21 10 2007

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Poetry Dispatch No. 89 | July 9, 2006

“RIGHT BACK AT YOU,” as they say. Dorothy Terry (poet extraordinaire from Chicago) responds immediately to yesterday’s poem (“Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther” by by A.E. Stallings*) with a triolet tune of her own. For all you may want to know, and more, concerning this old poetic form, Google “triolet”. Norbert Blei

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DEVIL’S BIG TAKE by Dorothy Terry
Why should the devil get all the good shoes?
The pumps and the tall boots in ‘gater and snake
The ones with spike heels you can’t wear when you booze
Why should the devil get all the good shoes?
Does he smuggle them in with a truckload of chews?
Like liquorishwhips? or his Devils Food Cake?
Why should the devil have all the good shoes?
Manolo? Ferragamo? I bet they’re all fake!

Dorothy Terry (after a Triolet by A. E. Stallings, on a line Apocryphally attributed to Martin Luther)

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*Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther by A.E. Stallings

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night,
The swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes?
Does he hum them to while away sad afternoons
And the long, lonesome Sundays? Or sing them for spite?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night?

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